JIS News

General Manager of the National Building Society of Cayman, Dunbar McFarlane, has urged young Jamaicans to exhibit a fixity of purpose, as only this would ensure their success, in this climate of economic change and uncertainty.
Speaking at the first in a series of Sixth Form Distinguished Lectures, hosted by Knox College, in Clarendon, last week, Mr. McFarlane challenged the students to determine their destiny, by deciding on their chosen path, and carefully charting a clear course to get them there.
He reminded them that it was only through planning and determination, that they would be able to effectively surmount the various obstacles that would inevitably present themselves.
“If we do not know where we are going, any road will get us there. We need to appreciate the value of planning, and decide what we want to achieve, and how we plan to get there,” Mr. McFarlane said.
“You are both the present and the future. You are the movers and shakers of this world. There are no insurmountable problems you face, except those you set for yourselves,” he added.
Mr. McFarlane, a past student of the institution, encouraged the students to live by the tenets of the school’s motto, as they “strive to serve and not to yield, and to endeavour to be the best that they can be, as there is no real substitute for hard work, if one seeks to be successful.”
Knox College, located in Spaldings, began its Sixth Form programme in September 2008. Through the Sixth Form Distinguished Lecture Series, and a number of other initiatives, the institution is seeking to keep the students motivated, focused and driven, as they work at maintaining the high record of performance for which the school is known.
Several distinguished past students, drawn from various sectors, are expected to address the group as they progress, providing the stimulation necessary for them to crave success at its very highest and most satisfying degree.
According to Co-ordinator of the programme, Maxine Josephs, while they are still trying to get beyond the teething pains, the programme, which caters to some 40 students, has been holding its own, even as the school anticipates the arrival of the second cohort in September.
Currently, based on a needs assessment, only Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies, Sociology, Mathematics, Business Management and the Sciences are being offered. Mrs. Josephs indicated that there would be further evaluation of the programme, to determine what modifications, if any, need to be made.
Annalisa Williams, who considers herself honoured to be among the first batch of Sixth Formers at the institution, told JIS News that while the programme is somewhat challenging, she is hopeful about performing well on the upcoming CAPE examinations.

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